Pulmonary and Critical Care


Our mission is to train the next generation of leaders, physician-scientists and clinician-educators for academic careers in pulmonary and critical care medicine.


Welcome to the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program at Columbia University.  Our fellowship is an ABIM-accredited program that requires three years of training to be board-eligible in both pulmonary and critical care medicine.  Fellows have the opportunity stay on for a fourth year to continue their mentored research and transition to an academic faculty appointment.  We offer four positions each year to eligible internists who wish to sub-specialize in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship is designed to train exceptional clinical pulmonologists and intensivists for a career in academic medicine as physician-scientists or clinician-educators. Nearly eighty percent of graduates in the last 10 years have academic appointments.  To see where trainees are now, see our list of past fellows.  Our division is committed to providing well-balanced clinical and investigational training in a collegial environment that prepares graduates for a career in academic medicine.

During the first two years of fellowship, the clinical training emphasizes the diagnosis and management of patients with common and rare respiratory diseases, pulmonary and sleep physiology, and all aspects of critical illness, including critical care ultrasound and ECMO for hypoxemic respiratory failure.  Fellows are trained in advanced pulmonary and critical care procedures including EBUS-TBNA, u/s guided thoracentesis, and u/s guided thoracic pigtail catheter placement.  Trainees are highly qualified to practice and teach clinical pulmonary and critical care medicine at the completion of their fellowship.

The third year, the research year of the fellowship, is devoted to acquiring necessary, fundamental investigative skills for either a bench/translational or a clinical investigative career.  The fellow spends the majority of their time working on a mentored research project and has an optional fourth year to facilitate continuation of promising mentored research projects.  The bench/translational pathway provides training opportunities in epigenetics, molecular biology of lung injury, immunology and endothelial mechanisms in obesity and sleep disorder breathing.   Fellows may be supported through an NIH-funded T-32 training grant on Columbia University Training Program in Lung Sciences.  In the clinical investigator pathway, there are opportunities in COPD/emphysema, ILD, lung transplant and the option to obtain a Master of Science in Biostatistics degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. 

The goal of our fellowship program is to train individuals for a career in academic pulmonary and critical care medicine as basic, translational, and clinical investigators or clinician-educators in an academic environment. 

Kristin M Burkart, MD, MSc
Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program
Email: kb2319@columbia.edu